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Graduating, but employable? Is trade school tuition worth it?

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Framed and faded magazine clips hang at the entrance of Lenny Holtzman’s salon here, a tribute to his role in Massachusetts’ history styling both Caroline Kennedy’s and Maria Kennedy Shriver’s hair on their wedding days.

But Holtzman, the self-described “hairstylist to the Kennedys” said the beauty school industry has a problem. Too many young hairstylists applying at his salon have too few skills and aren’t qualified for jobs — despite spending thousands of dollars at beauty schools.

Holtzman’s situation illustrates a broader problem in the career training industry, one dominated by for-profit schools. Although students pay steep tuitions to attend programs in cosmetology, cooking, or computer repair, some schools mislead students with promises that they will graduate with sought-after skills and well-paying jobs.

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